We've documented 9 accessibility features for Baba is You, including Low Pressure, No Quick Reactions, No Repeated Pressing, Remap Buttons and High Contrast. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Visual but it also has features in Getting Started and Reading to reduce unintended barriers.
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Our accessibility examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Baba is You accessibility 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
You can remap the controls and adjust how long you have to hold a key or button for it to repeat. You can apply two buttons to each game action.
Turn on visual movement grid. Disable wobble effect. You can Force high-contrast colours. You can enable a zoom mode to magnify the screen.
Release Date: 13/03/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Accessibility: 9 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Costs: Purchase cost, In-Game Purchases and In-Game Pass
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Controls in Baba is You which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Can play with the following:
Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.
Can customise the controls for the game as follows:
Remap Buttons: Can re-map all buttons so that you can use alternatives that better suit your play.
Specific button operation required to play
Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing (more than 2 times a second) is not required, can be skipped or switched to holding a button to trigger a repeated action.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Baba is You which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play. The following games are similar to Baba is You, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Getting Started in Baba is You which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.
Assistance Getting Starting
These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.
Reaction-Time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions, or there are settings to lower the requirement for quick reactions. This means you don't need to quickly press a button in response to an on-screen prompt, target a fast-moving target or skillfully complete a scenario against the clock.
Low Pressure: Game tasks aren't time-limited or there's a low-pressure mode. This avoids the pressure of being put on the clock for overarching missions, or failing tasks because you didn't reach a destination in time.
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We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Reading in Baba is You which deals with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.
How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. The presence of voiced characters doesn't reduce this requirement, as it's recorded as a separate datapoint.
Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a primary/elementary student (9-year-old) could understand.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Baba is You which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces. The following games are similar to Baba is You, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Visual in Baba is You which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
High Contrast: There is high contrast between elements that need to be distinguished from each other, such as characters, interactive objects and game environment, either by default or a high contrast mode. This is different to a slider that increases contrast or brightness between light and dark.
Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable. Enemies and player characters are at least 1/6 of the height of the screen. Or there is a zoom feature to make them larger.
No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or it is included but it can be disabled. This includes the absence of screen shake for dramatic effect as well as to indicate hits on a target.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Audio in Baba is You which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see. The following games are similar to Baba is You, and offer accessibility features for Audio:
System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
Read more about system accessibility settings.